While I already have more books than I’ll get to read this year, I’m always waiting for new works by my favorite authors. Here are three releases which are on the horizon.
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
I set out to read The Corrections one summer while I was in college. It was a hefty, dense book. It frustrated me to no end but, by the time I finished, I had really grown to appreciate what an amazing writer Franzen is. Since then, I’ve read everything else he’s written. His book of essays, How to be Alone contains some of the best long-form non-fiction essays I’ve read. As good as his non-fiction is, I’m really looking forward to his first novel in nine years. An excerpt was printed in the New Yorker last year which can be found here. According to Amazon, the Freedom is slated for release at the end of August.
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
I am an unabashed and devoted reader of Stephen King. There, I’ve said it. To all the people who say he’s a hack writer of pulp trash, I say there are few people out there who can tell a better story and conjure up better characters. I’ve read everything he’s written so far and, luckily for me, he’s incredibly prolific. His new collection of novellas looks reminiscent of 1982’s Different Seasons which included the wonderful stories Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption as well as The Body. Full Dark, No Stars isn’t due out until November, so I’ll have to make do with his new baseball novella, Blockade Billy, until then.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
This one is so far off on the horizon it may as well be a mirage. Still, I thought I’d include it as it’s likely to remain on top of my personal list of anticipated books until an English translation is released (sometime in autumn, 2011). I’ve read all of Murakami’s English translations, save Dance, Dance, Dance. The only reason I haven’t read that one is because I am dreading the empty feeling I’m sure to experience when I realize that I’ll have no new Murakami’s to read once I’m finished. The Japanese version of 1Q84 is a whopper – 1600 pages in three installments which I hope won’t be whittled down in translation.